Innovation in Action
The Alternative Services program brings service to parts of King County that don't have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support traditional fixed-route bus service. In such areas, alternative transportation services may be a better match for community transportation needs. They may also be more cost-effective.
This 2-year demonstration project is an opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation models. By partnering with local governments, King County Metro will develop transportation options tailor-made to the needs of the community.
Goal 1: We will seek alternative services that…
- More effectively serve communities where fixed-route transit may not be cost-effective.
- Match services to an area’s land use and infrastructure characteristics.
Goal 2: We will seek opportunities to…
- Collaborate with stakeholders to design a service that meets their needs.
- Partner with communities to deliver and market these services.
- Develop services that can be sustained over time.
What are alternative services?
There are a wide variety of transportation alternatives to fixed-route transit service. Learn more about these options:
Putting alternatives into action
Strong community partnerships are the key to a successful alternative services project. Thanks to the contributions and efforts of our municipal partners, alternative services are already rolling out across the county!
Get your community involved
Metro is getting ready to initiate more Alternative Services partnerships with local governments throughout King County. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to learn more about future opportunities please send us an email.
The Alternative Services program has prioritized projects in communities to mitigate the impact of service reductions and right-size transit services as identified in the five-year plan for alternative service delivery. We will be identifying opportunities to complement fixed route service through a combination of interest expressed by local jurisdictions, a willingness by those jurisdictions to partner with Metro on alternative service delivery, and a market analysis.
The King County Council approved $12 million for alternative services in the 2015-2016 biennium. The framework for the Alternative Services program is laid out in the Five-year implementation plan for alternatives to traditional transit service delivery which was adopted Sept. 2012.
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